£85 – £105

"Ignore or Enable - The Benefits and Challenges of Spontaneous Volunteers"

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Westlands Entertainment Venue

Westbourne Close

Yeovil

BA20 2DD

United Kingdom

View Map

Friends Who Are Going
Event description

Description

A new national guide (to be published shortly) recognises the role of spontaneous volunteers in emergency situations. Is this a 21st century phenomenon unique to the UK? What motivates people to get involved? Does it now reflect a public mood to help others in their time of need? What role does the media, including social media, have in driving the public appetite to assist people in need?

This event will inform about the new national guide, give some case studies of spontaneous volunteer involvement in emergencies and we will hear from national and international experts. We will look at what some local authorities have done to integrate spontaneous volunteers into the emergency management process. We will also explore the benefits and challenges arising from volunteer involvement and consider how we can best react to the opportunities offered as well as the consequences if we don’t engage effectively.

Who Should Attend?

This Conference is open to anyone but will be of particular interest to:

  • Emergency planning practitioners from local authorities, emergency services, health organisations and the wider resilience community

  • Voluntary agencies involved in responding to emergencies

  • Organisers of company or work-place volunteering schemes

  • Students of emergency planning, disaster management and public service courses.

Ticket price includes free parking at the venue, lunch and conference pack.


Programme 9.30 am - 4 pm

Session One: Recognising the Facts – A Known Phenomenon

  • Yesterday and Today – History of the Spontaneous Volunteer
  • The International Dimension – Considerations of Policy and Practice Beyond the UK
  • Case Study 1 – The Somerset Experience
  • Case Study 2 – The Cumbria Experience
  • Case Study 3 – Police Use of Spontaneous Volunteers for Missing Persons Searches

Open Floor Discussion and Debate

Session Two: The Influence of the Media – Considerations of the Role of the Media and Social Media

  • How do headlines influence public behaviours?
  • Exploring the Increasing Role of Social Media in Disaster Situations
  • Immediacy Versus Emergency Management – Using Social Media to Best Effect in Emergencies

Lunch Break

Session Three: The Way Forward

  • New National Guide – Cabinet Office
  • Examples of Operational Plans and Exercises (Lincolnshire and Somerset Councils)
  • New Volunteer Initiatives
- Innovative Role for Civil Service Local
- British Red Cross Emergency Reserve Volunteers

Open Floor Discussion and Debate



FAQs

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There are two Railway Stations in Yeovil - Yeovil Pen Mill and Yeovil Junction

There is plenty of free parking at the Conference venue.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email civilcontingencies@somerset.gov.uk and we will get back to you.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please bring your printed ticket with you on the day.

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Westlands Entertainment Venue

Westbourne Close

Yeovil

BA20 2DD

United Kingdom

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved